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Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

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Introduction to Computer Science
As we all know that there are millions of people out there who are doing miracle with the help of computer. Anything can be done with the help of a computer, you just have to be smart enough to figure a way to get things done. So here we have this course that can help a learner whether he is a total beginner or an advanced professional to use computer and to be able to think computationally and write a number of programs that can help to tackle different problems. As said earlier, any problem can be solved or any task can be done with the help of a computer. So this course serves the purpose. There will be a number of things that a learner will learn from this course like what are different data structures, what are algorithms, what is testing and debugging, what is python programming language, a notion of computation and much more. By taking just this one course, a person will be able to understand not only just computer sciences, but also about python programming language and its usage. Hence we can say that this course can be a turning point for so many programmers and learners out there.
MIT Online Course Highlights
  • 9 weeks long
  • 14–16  hours per week
  • Learn for FREE, Ugpradable
  • Self-Paced
  • Taught by: John Guttag, Eric Grimson, Ana Bell
  • View Course Syllabus

Online Course Description:

This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to help people with no prior exposure to computer science or programming learn to think computationally and write programs to tackle useful problems. Some of the people taking the two courses will use them as a stepping stone to more advanced computer science courses, but for many it will be their first and last computer science courses. This run features lecture videos, lecture exercises, and problem sets using Python 3.5. Even if you previously took the course with Python 2.7, you will be able to easily transition to Python 3.5 in future courses, or enroll now to refresh your learning.

Since these courses may be the only formal computer science courses many of the students take, we have chosen to focus on breadth rather than depth. The goal is to provide students with a brief introduction to many topics so they will have an idea of what is possible when they need to think about how to use computation to accomplish some goal later in their career. That said, they are not “computation appreciation” courses. They are challenging and rigorous courses in which the students spend a lot of time and effort learning to bend the computer to their will.

What you’ll learn:

  • A Notion of computation
  • The Python programming language
  • Some simple algorithms
  • Testing and debugging
  • An informal introduction to algorithmic complexity
  • Data structures

Who should take this course?

This course is very much suitable for all those people out there who are interested in this field. Learning about computer sciences is a very engaging task and this course serves the purpose. By taking this course, learners will be able to do a lot of brain storming and understand different concepts. If you are a beginner, you can take this course right now and start learning from it as it will help you develop strong basics of computer science and python programming language right from the start. And for those who are experts or have experience in this field, taking this course can also help them learn a few bunch of skills that can help them add value to their work. Hence we can say that this course is suitable for enough for all kinds of people. All you have to do is to be strong and passionate enough to learn from the course.

Social proof:

Now let us discuss some of the reviews that our users have given after completing the course. We have read all the feedbacks from our users and presented it in a precise form for our other users to read so that they can get a clue about what this course is and how it has helped other users in improving their skills.

5 star rating:

A good starting point for all the beginners.

This course is a complete package for all those who are beginners, the course has every important term in it and are explained in a very detailed manner. This course is an amazing opportunity for all those leaners who are planning to start their career in programming and computer science

Helped me pass my exam quite easily.

The course is really amazing. It helped me a lot in clearing my concepts. My programming concepts regarding python have never been clearer before. But with the help of this course, now my python programming skills have been polished to a great extent, also the course is the reason I was able to pass my exam.

A good introductory course to computer science and programming.

This is a good course that has explained the introduction of computer science quite amazingly. Also the fundamentals of python programming and how a good quality code can be made is being explained in this course very efficiently. Before taking this course, I was totally zero in python programming but now I have learned a lot about it and I am very happy that I took the course.

A good introductory course to computer science and programming.

This is a good course that has explained the introduction of computer science quite amazingly. Also the fundamentals of python programming and how a good quality code can be made is being explained in this course very efficiently. Before taking this course, I was totally zero in python programming but now I have learned a lot about it and I am very happy that I took the course.

The course has made me specialize this field.

This course is the reason I became a python programming specialist. When I took this course, I was not much excited about it but then I started it and gradually developed interest in computer science and python programming and then after completing the course I decided to take other courses regarding programming and specialize in this field. So a big thankyou to this course for making me such a successful python programmer.

Very accessible and well-designed course.

The course is designed in a proper way and is very accessible. All the videos available in the course are in an organized form and one doesn’t feel lost instead the lectures are very clear and understandable.

The quality of assignments and lectures were great.

The whole course was very amazing and the quality of the content of the lectures and different assignments were just too amazing. If a learner tries to listen to the lectures with full concentration, he will then realize that every single piece of information that is given in the course is very professional.

The videos are very well paced.

The pacing of the video is very good. The pacing is not too fast that it gets difficult to understand what the professor is saying and also not too slow that one can get bored.

The course has opened the world of programming for me.

This course has opened a new line for me in programming. I had no experience in programming and all of my concepts were always unclear. There came a point in my life where I thought I should change my field but then a friend referred this course to me but I was very reluctant to take it as its focus was on computer science fundamentals and python programming language only. Anyways I took the course and suddenly things got different for me. Those terms that were once very unclear for me got cleared. My concepts were cleared to such a great extent. I am so happy that I took the course.

4 star rating:

The quizzes and assignments resulted in more elaborated understanding.

Apart from amazing videos, the quizzes and assignments that are present in the course are very helpful and if a user tries to solve them honestly then he can surely assess that how much he has understood about the course and how much is left. So the quizzes and the examples are the reason of better understanding of the course.

The course is an excellent introduction to computer sciences.

This course has an excellent introduction about computer science and of course python programming. The course broadened my views about different concepts and I have gained a lot of information only because of this course.

The material of the course is very helpful and can be applied practically.

Every piece of material that is available in the course is very helpful. You can rewind the videos if you think that you need to listen to the instructor again. The concepts taught in this course are very helpful and they can be applied in practical life easily.

It helped me shape my daily work very efficiently.

The course helped me a lot in enhancing my work experience. After this course, there are so many things that I can now do better than before. I have now a better understanding of computer science and I am finally able to give suggestions regarding the work that we do.

The course has turned out to be very informational and helpful for all the beginners.

I am a beginner and I think that taking this course was a best decision that I made for myself. Everything in the course is very helpful and totally relatable. The course made me able to understand about computer sciences in a very thorough way.

I can recommend this course to others as I was able to gain knowledge.

I have learned many things from this course that were very useful. So I can recommend this to many of my friends who are also studying this field. Because I think that I have learned a bunch of things from this course about python programming and computer sciences that I never knew before so I think that al those people who are interested in this field must also learn from it.

3 star rating:

The course was overall good but I didn’t find anything unique in it.

Well I won’t say I learned nothing from the course because I did learn a bunch of new concepts but I really think the course is just an average one.

More examples should have been added.

I think the course was good and I was able to understand the concepts too. But the ones that were explained with the help of an example were great. So I think more examples should have been added.

Alternatives:

With every course, there are alternatives that can be taken against the course. Surely this course has alternatives too so we are going to discuss some of the alternatives that we have with this course and will discuss some main features of these alternatives so that it can help a user to decide what he wants.

Python for genomic data science:

This is a very amazing course that has been introduced by Johns Hopkins University. The course provides a perfect introduction to the Python programming language and the notebook. The course has been designed in a very organized manner and has four modules in it that are to be completed in a time period of four weeks. Each module is very well structured and is totally independent of one another. The first week will have overview of Python, second week will be containing material related to data structures and Ifs and loops, similarly in the third week we will be discussing about functions and finally in the fourth and last week, we’ll have lectures about communicating with outside along with a final lecture about Biopython. Now that we know what the course has to offer, it can become really easy for a person to decide whether this course can turn out to be helpful for him or not. Either way this is a high class course that has been made my world class professors. The skills that a person is going to gain from this course are bioinformatics, genomics, python programming and biopython. Hence the course is worth a try. So click on the below link to get your hand on this course.

https://www.takethiscourse.net/python-for-genomic-data-science/

Introduction to computer science:

This course aims to teach learners what a computer actually does and how it does different things. As we all know that there are millions of people out there who have access to a computer but among them, there are very few people who actually know the methodology behind it. So this course aims to teach people how a computer works. This is a 2 to 4 months long course and contains a number of lectures in it that can help learners to develop a strong base of computer sciences and how it works. What is logic and computational thinking, introduction to Python, fundamentals of analytic logic, how a logic is related to a computer science, what are different functions, loop and conditionals in Python, how to process different files and wat good can be done from them and much more will be taught in this course. The rating of this course is very appealing and both the instructors have a lot of experience in this field and have tried to be as elaborative as possible so that learners can fully understand the fundamentals of a computer. So if you think that this course can help you better with programming then click on the below link to get further details.

https://www.takethiscourse.net/introduction-to-computer-science/

Conclusion:

We can conclude our topic by saying that there are a lot of people who are always looking for different ways to learn about computer. And this course is exactly what they need in order to fulfill that purpose. By taking this course, a person will not only be able to learn about all the fundamentals of computer science, but also everything there is to know about Python programming language. Learning about these two main concepts can really help a person to flourish in this field. The rating of this course is very appealing and the instructors have been really amazing throughout the course. Their professional attitude is what has made the course very engaging and easy to understand so this means that if a person takes this course he will succeed in learning a bunch of things about computers and python programming language. So if you think that this course might be it for you then click on the take this course button now to get access to the learning material of the course.

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